September 28, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: September Fave

Road Trip Wednesday is a 'Blog Carnival', where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic: 
What was the best book you read in September?

I haven't gotten as much reading done this month as I would have liked, unless you count blog-lurking, which I'm pretty sure doesn't count. I have managed to finish a few books, and so my 'best book' is actually a tossup between two. I'm not going to choose between them because I like them both for the same reason. I've mentioned before that I love dystopian/post-apocalyptic stuff, and neither of these fits into that category. I think that's why I liked them so much. They were a bit of a breath of fresh air and a lot more fun than the stuff I've been drawn to lately.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I really enjoyed this one, but I don't want to say a whole lot about it because I still hope to do the review of it for Tracey Neithercott's Fall Book Club (it's September's book). I liked the protagonist a lot, and really enjoyed his sense of humour. The atmosphere was appealing to me, as was the cast of unusual characters whether secondary or even tertiary. And, um, you kinda can't beat the creepy, creepy black and white pictures throughout the book and on the front cover (the unsmiling levitating little girl).

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
This book had me laughing out loud a lot while I was reading it. I've said this before, but I probably wouldn't in a million years have picked it up because of the cover (probably because I'm intimidated by the bikini bod. I don't look like that in a bikini. Close, but not quite.) The characters in this book were quirky and fun, and the things they said and did just kept me laughing all through the book. The little get-to-know the contestant snippets were hilarious, as were the commercials slipped in here and there. I had to laugh because only recently did I realize that what I thought were bullets across the cover girl's chest are actually tubes of lipstick (whoops). My copy is on my e-reader, so it isn't nearly as obvious as on the full-colour book cover. That just makes the book even more hilarious in my mind.

Both of these books have eased me back into reading a wider variety of books, rather than instantly migrating toward dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories (though I do have quite a few on my current TBR list). I needed a good laugh, and both of these in their own entirely different ways provided that for me.


  1. Aww, those are both on my reading list. They look great and different.

  2. I can't wait to read Beauty Queens. It's on my list for next month!

  3. I won't give my opinion on Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children either. That's for Friday. However, this is the third or fourth mention of Beauty Queens, which I think is a sign I need to read my copy!

  4. I can't wait to read Ms Peregrine-- and I just loved Beauty Queens-- I feel like she writes with a scalpel-- it's so precise and clever.

  5. These have both appeared in other people's best of before, and I still haven't gotten around to them! Someday . . .

  6. Love, love Beauty Queen. You should hear the commercials on the audio...and it's all read by Libba Bray...amazing!

  7. I was also hesitant about Beauty Queens because of the cover (and I didn't notice that those "bullets" were actually lipstick tubes either, ha!) but your post and a few others today have finally convinced me. I'm excited to give it a shot!


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